Speedboat reported to be sinking

Date: Sunday 11 July 2021

Location: Off Portscatho, Gerrans Bay

Weather: SSE 3-4, Moderate Sea and Slight Swell, Poor Visibility, Overcast with Rain

All weather lifeboat: (Launched 16:49 / Returned 17:15) – Luke Wills (2nd Coxswain), Carl Beardmore, Dave Nicoll, Jonathan Hackwell, Jamie Wakefield, Tamara Brookes, Chris Simpson, Lloyd Barron

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 18:41 / Returned 17:17) – Sandy Procter (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Tamsin Mulcahy, Andy Edwards


At 16:33 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist two people on a 5m speed boat which was reported to be taking on water off Portscatho. The All Weather Lifeboat was also brought to immediate readiness due to the weather conditions and at 16:40 was also requested to launch. The Portsactho Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 16:41, with the All Weather Lifeboat leaving its pontoon berth shortly afterwards at 16:49. The Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene off Portscatho at 16:55 just as the Coastguard advised that the two occupants of the speedboat had been recovered by a passing yacht. As the All Weather Lifeboat rounded Zone Point at 17:02 they were advised that the casualties had been landed at Mylor Harbour so both lifeboats were released to return to their station.

The All Weather Lifeboat arrived back alongside its pontoon berth at 17:15, while the Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway by 17:17. Both lifeboats were then refuelled and made ready for service by 17:40.

Further investigation confirmed that the speedboat had in fact sunk off Messack Point in the Carrick Roads, its occupants mistaking St Just in Roseland for Portscatho. The two casualties who were not wearing lifejackets had lost contact with the Coastguard when their speedboat had sunk so were extremely lucky to have been located and rescued by a passing yacht.

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